Wightlink and the Environment

Wightlink’s new flagship Victoria of Wight is the first hybrid energy ferry in England, setting new standards for cross-Solent travel. She combines battery power with conventional engines to sail between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, using 17% less fuel than her sister ship St Clare.

We care about the environment and will do our best to protect the sea, land and air that surround us.

Our decision to invest £30million in Victoria of Wight reflects the company’s commitment to the environment.

Our new Green Agenda is centred on initiatives to benefit the sea, land and air around us.

Green Star - Gold Status

The Visit Isle of Wight Green Star scheme acknowledges and rewards businesses that actively promote the use of sustainable transport and Wightlink have just been rewarded gold status for actively promoting the use of sustainable transport to protect the environment and enhance the customer experience.

Visit Isle of Wight Green Star Award

Sea

Sea

Our target – We aim to clean water in our ports with marine life by inspecting our quays and shores every day and removing any rubbish.

We will:

  • Clear plastics and other debris from the sea, rivers and estuaries at our ports using nets.
  • Work with partners to install oyster cages and display boards in Lymington
  • Monitor marine creatures living in our innovative Vertipools (artificial rockpools) at Fishbourne, in co-operation with Artecology
  • Educate customers and local school children about the marine environment with our partners at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Land

Land

Our target – We aim to recycle 50% of waste by the end of 2020.

This will involve:

  • Recycling materials as much as possible throughout the business, from offices, ships, workshops and stores, encouraging customers to do the same
  • Replacing plastic cutlery, plates and straws with sustainable sourced alternatives
  • Offering discounts on hot drinks to customers who use reusable mugs
  • Issuing till receipts in cafes only on demand
  • Improving signage for recycling bins to help customers identify the right ones to use
Air

Air

Our target – We aim to reduce ship and vehicle emissions by 5% by the end of 2020.

We will:

  • Use hybrid energy on Victoria of Wight and low sulphur marine gas oil on the rest of the fleet as economically as possible to reduce emissions
  • Adopt Portsmouth City Council’s ‘cough cough, engine off’ campaign through signage at our vehicle ports and on our ships to encourage drivers to turn off their engines when stationary
  • Promote the use of electric vehicles to customers and colleagues by providing high-speed EV charging at as many ports as possible

Partnering with wildlife experts to make a difference

Wightlink has teamed up with leading conservation organisations who are working to support the Solent’s marine environment. We are improving habitats for coastal wildlife and helping educate our customers about life in and around the Solent on board our ships.

Ferry Safaris fascinate customers

Ferry Safaris fascinate customers

Wightlink welcomes experts and volunteers from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to hold interactive ‘roadshows’ onboard ferries to highlight the wealth of marine life beneath our ships as part of its Secrets of the Solent initiative, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Giving marine creatures a home in our Vertipools

Giving marine creatures a home in our Vertipools

Inspired by Artecology on the Isle of Wight, we have installed seven of its artificial rockpools on a harbour wall in Fishbourne. These Vertipools are already attracting more than 30 species and are helping to educate local people about biodiversity.

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Solent oysters make a comeback

Solent oysters make a comeback

We are teaming up with the Blue Marine Foundation to install oyster cages at our Lymington port as part of its Solent Oyster Restoration Project. They aim to increase the population of native oysters in the Solent to five million throughout this high-profile campaign.

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Wightlink is a strong supporter of recycling across all ports and ships

We are continually looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint by making effective use of resources, reusing where possible and recycling whenever we can.

Targeting single use plastics

Targeting single use plastics

Wooden cutlery has replaced plastic and we have milk jugs instead of single-use jiggers in cafes. Till receipts and straws are only given on request.

Recycling rather than landfill

Recycling rather than landfill

In 2019, we recycled more than 133 tonnes of waste – the same weight as ten buses. Non-recyclable waste is used to generate electricity.

Discounts for people with travel mugs

Discounts for people with travel mugs

Wightlink’s cafes offer a 25p discount on hot drinks if you bring your own reusable mugs along. This is aimed at saving thousand of paper cups.

Reducing emissions through improving sustainability

Clean air is becoming an issue around the world. We are spreading the message by encouraging sustainable transport through providing electric car charging points and supporting employees to cycle to work. Our hybrid energy flagship Victoria of Wight is leading the way in innovative transport.

Cough Cough Engine Off

Cough Cough Engine Off

Wightlinks Environmental Officer Nicola Craig is part of Portsmouth City Council’s Air Quality Steering Group, forming initiatives to tackle pollution and improve air quality.

Plug in then drive off

Plug in then drive off

Wightlink now offers EV charging points at Portsmouth car ferry terminal, Lymington, Fishbourne and Ryde Pier. The energy provided to cars so far is enough to power a Nissan Leaf around the world more than once.

On your bike

On your bike

Foot passengers can bring their bikes onboard all routes free to enjoy the Isle of Wight’s 200 miles of cycle routes. Wightlink offers a cycle-to-work scheme to encourage staff to come to work on two wheels.

Our Fleet

Within The Solent there are many protected habitats including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Specially Protected Areas (SPAs). All our crews do their bit to be as eco-friendly as possible and protect the environment.

Respecting the coastline

Respecting the coastline

Wightlink Captains always respect the Solent’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest and other protected areas while our ferries are at sea or at anchor.

Low Sulphur Fuel

Low Sulphur Fuel

All our ferries use low sulphur fuel, reducing our impact on the atmosphere. In 2020 there will be a legal limit on the sulphur content within fuel, which we already below and have been for over a year.

Waste Water

Waste Water

We never discharge dirty water into The Solent. Our catamarans pump waste water ashore into waste water pipes to be treated. Our car ferries have their own on-board waste water treatment facilities.

Victoria of Wight

Victoria of Wight is our new flagship ferry and the biggest in our fleet, capable of carrying up to 178 cars over two decks and over 1,000 people across her lounges and seating.

She is the greenest to serve the Isle of wight and her hybrid energy system, which works much like a hybrid energy car, allows her to run partly on electricity when required.

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Reducing Food Miles

Wightlink buys locally whenever possible. Isle of Wight produce is delicious and also helps us cuts down on food miles. For example, milk in our teas and coffees comes from Briddlesford Farm, just three miles from our Fishbourne terminal and tasty sandwiches and pastries come from Grace’s Bakery in Ryde.

Wight Taste outlets in ports and on ferries sell a wide range of Island food, drink and gifts, all sourced from the best Island producers.

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